Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Barbara Green, was on the lookout for a mixer to capture dynamic audio for her recent documentary, Packed In A Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson, and she found exactly what she was looking for with Sound Devices' MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer.
Green discusses how she became introduced to the mixer, why it was the perfect choice for her documentary and what, in her opinion, its best features are.
ProductionHUB: Describe how you determined you would use Sound Devices' MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer.
Barbara Green: I was in need of an on camera DSLR field mixer, and I reached out to Trew Audios' Jon Hicks for advice. His first choice was the Sound Devices’ MixPre-D, which soon became my choice favorite go-to mixer.
PH: What features does it have that made it the right mixer for this project?
BG: The quality of audio I could send to my Canon 5DMark III was exceptional, and the small footprint under the camera, with easy to see levels and knobs, was key.
PH: What questions do you ask yourself before deciding on a mixer?
BG: Because I often hand hold, or am on shoots for several hours during the day, I look for lightweight, and compact mixers.
PH: What are your favorite features of Sound Devices' MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer?
BG: It has quick, easy access to change from LINE to MIC, as well as the feature to listen to the audio return from the camera.
PH: How did it bring Packed In A Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson to life?
BG: I was able to have great / usable audio tracks on camera, to go from direct to editing, and then direct to sweetening, and then direct to broadcast.
PH: Will you use this mixer on upcoming projects?
BG: I will use this mixer on other projects, but I am hoping that Sound Devices ads an additional feature to be able to record thru the mixer as well, while keeping the unit compact and on-camera usable.
PH: Anything else you'd like to add?
BG: If anyone wants to have a great on-camera mixer to get fantastic audio directly into their camera, then the MixPre-D is the perfect choice!
In 2001, Barbara Green started a production company, Greenie Films, with writer and director Michelle Boyaner. Green has completed three documentary short films: O'Day At The Races, a documentary on the life of jazz legend Anita O'Day; Hi, You've Reached Dave's Apartment, a glimpse into the day-to-day life of Green’s 41-year-old schizophrenic brother, which premiered at SXSW in 2001; and Tina Paulina: Living on Hope Street, an inspirational look at a homeless lesbian living on the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Her most recent work includes the feature-length documentary, A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour and the narrative short film, The Bedwetter.